Today students will have received the 2022 College Yearbook “Voices”. Thank you to all who have contributed articles. A huge thank you to Ms Fleur Kelly and Ms Danielle Ferris for the countless hours that they have spent producing this fantastic record of the activities of 2022.
I wish our students and families a safe and relaxing holiday. May Joy be your gift at Christmas and may Faith, Hope and Love be your treasures in the New Year.
In Faith and Love
Thank you to all members of our MSM community who supported our Term 4 Raffle, benefiting our MSM Foundation and the College's future building projects.
We congratulate our winner, Robyn who will use the credit towards her Great Niece's tuition fees.
2022 was another incredible year!
We are extremely grateful and proud of our students' efforts throughout the year and in preparation for final assessment. This makes all our efforts worthwhile.
Our community farewelled the Class of 2022 with a beautiful Graduation Mass on 16 November. We were blessed to welcome parents, caregivers, grandparents and siblings to the Sophia Centre to celebrate the conclusion of our graduate’s formal schooling.
As I reflect on the year that has been, I am so proud of the achievements of all students in Years 7 – 12 for their persistence to do their best work and their courage to continue with their studies, even in the face of adversity. I hope that all students have a wonderful Christmas break and come back in 2023 ready to expand their horizons and challenge themselves to learn even more.
Take care and God bless.
Year 11 Drama students had the opportunity to showcase their recent assessment work to their peers. The Drama students have been working in the style of Absurd Theatre which is very physical and comic. The performances were from Ionesco’s play The Lesson. The audience was surprised by the skill of the performers as they manipulated their craft, creating engaging action in challenging excerpts of Theatre. The performers in these photos are Scarlett, Poppy, Aspen and Keara.
Year 10 Drama students presented their production Dyslexia at lunch for their peers. This collaborative production aimed to challenge and provoke discussion surrounding the stigma of dyslexia. Thanks to those that came to watch and well done Drama students - what a way to wrap up the year!.
Recently, trials for the Queensland Debating team occurred and Mt St Michael’s was represented by two of our Year 9 Debaters, Lucy & Ella. Our students were teamed up with some of the best debaters in the state to create and present impromptu stances to the panel. We are so proud of the commitment and confidence that our students showed by signing up and showing up for these trials. This was an incredible experience and Ella made the Top 48 for the Year 10 team. While her journey didn’t go any further, we are confident that Lucy and Ella will show great leadership over the next three years in the debating world – go team!
Throughout the year all MSM Students have the opportunity to contribute to their house points through spirit and participation. Welcome Walk, Athletics Carnival Ball Games, Cross Country Carnival Fun Run, Mary Aikenhead Day House Cheer Competition and the House Tug-of-War Competition were some of the activities in 2022 where students were able to get involved, dress in their house colour and cheer hard for spirit points.
Our House Captains each year have a challenging job to inspire and lead house spirit with their peers. This year's group of House Captains, Charlize, Charlie, Amelia and Lucy have done an exceptional job. Not only participating themselves, but bringing large numbers of their senior cohort and students across all year levels along for the ride in 2022.
Congratulations to the winner of the House Spirit Cup in 2022, Lucy Ferris and Rush House!
MSM students Phoebe (Year 8), Isabella (Year 7), and Sophie (Year 8) have progressed to the Nationals in the Brainways Education QUEST Challenge for Gifted and Talented. Students learn extension material centred on the theme “Dynamic patterns around us” and apply this in novel ways. For example, incorporating types of adhesion with nanotechnology, constructing a city using fractals, and conducting a character analysis using Psychology.
Out of 12 teams in the State Finals our team placed 1st in Science, 2nd in Maths, and just out of the podium finishes for Humanities to achieve an overall 2nd place. We wish Phoebe, Isabella and Sophie well in the National QUEST Challenge.
A tiny moment in time results in tremendous destruction. Year 7 Science students investigated the number of rubber bands that are required to explode a watermelon. This fun activity models how dying stars collapse, and then explode outwards. The water pressure inside the balloon resists the addition of more and more rubber bands, until a critical moment when the rubber bands cause the implosion of the watermelon. This results in the ends of the watermelon exploding outwards. It is hard to predict this, and often for a 5 to 6kg watermelon, more than 200 size 54 rubber bands are needed.
Year 9 Design Technology students have just completed a Unit called ‘Heavenly Pjs’. Using Peter Alexander’s designs as their inspiration students made a pair of boxer shorts and a swing PJ top. Using design technologies and the theme of ‘Sleepy Nights’ each student then designed their own merchandising logo.
Year 7 Design Technology students completed their Term 4 unit producing amazing earrings and keychains, which they personally designed and created using bakeable polymer clay.
Year 7 Design Technology students used the skills and knowledge they developed during Term 4 to create delicious Apple and Cinnamon Muffins and Savoury Pizzas with personally selected toppings.
The World of Maths Roadshow visited the College on Thursday and worked with our Year 7 students providing opportunities to engage in challenging, hands-on and practical activities. The students were encouraged to develop their thinking skills and to acquire a variety of strategies required for problem solving.
Year 10 students worked together in their homerooms to decorate their classroom doors in the Christmas Spirit. The prize for the best door went to 10F for their “Take a sELFie” creation. Well done to all Year 10 classes for their fantastic teamwork and creativity.